• Our work

    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

    Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.  

     

  • Our vision

    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.

     

  • Our goals

    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

    Praxis, enabling membership engagement and partnerships

    Advocacy, creating a network of competence to impact policies at European and national level

    Identity and values, supporting the development of approaches and thinking on Diaconia in Europe today

     

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A Social Protection Floor for all

5 November 2014

Yesterday, MEP Norbert Neuser hosted an event at the European Parliament titled, “Winning the fight against poverty and inequality: a Social Protection Floor for Everyone”. The event which was co-sponsored by Soidar, Bread for the World, and Friedrich Ebert Stifung, brought together civil society organizations from around the world (representatives from India, Argentina, and Thailand were all present) and think-tank groups to discuss the topic of Social Protection Floors (SPFs) with members of European Parliament and other EU-decision makers.  

In the meeting, participants concluded that a minimum social protection floor (SPF) would encompass:  health care protection, insurance, housing, childcare, and a pension plan for all people worldwide. In order to effectively implement this type of system, governments must redistribute more wealth through higher taxes, reallocate public spending to strengthen entitlements, and/or allow countries to put more money into entitlements instead of paying down certain debts.

Many speakers at the event stressed the importance of creating a political will for this SPF concept through the adoption of a “rights based approach”, a rhetoric and policy concept advocating that all people have rights to social and economic protections, not just civil and political protections.

The post 2015 Development Agenda (and the inclusion of SPFs in it) and ILO recommendation 202, which urges states to adopt minimum social protection systems, were also emphasized at the meeting and it was stressed that both of these policies should be implemented globally to further SPFs.   

For more information about SPFs, please visit this link from the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors. 

 
Tripartite Social Summit among EU leaders stresses youth unemployment

29 October 2014

Last week, Commission President Barrosso and Council President Van Rompuy joined several social partners (mainly worker’s and employer’s organizations) in the semi-annual Tripartite Social Summit, a meeting held twice a year just before the spring and autumn European Council summits.

The talks during this meeting concluded that in order for Europe to reach the objectives of the EU2020 Strategy, youth employment would need to be invested in and continually stressed as a priority among Member States, social partners, and EU institutions. EU Council and Commission officials also emphasized the key role of social partners to assist in fostering youth employment.  

To see a full press release from the European Commission about the recent Tripartite Summit, please visit this link

 
European Parliament confirms new Commission

22 October 2014

Today, the European Parliament has approved of the 28 Commissioners appointed by newly-elected Commissioner President Juncker. The MEPs approved the new Commission in a plenary session in Strasbourg this morning; 423 MEPs voted in favor of approving the proposed commission, 209 voted against it and 67 MEPs abstained.

MEPs have had the last few weeks to get to know the Commissioner-designates through parliamentary hearings. As a result of these hearings, last week one of the proposed Commissioners was rejected by the EP (Alenka Bratušek from Slovenia), and subsequently, President Juncker made a few portfolio changes among Commissioner- designates.  

In order to guarantee the Commission would be approved as a whole by the European Parliament, Juncker continued reshuffling the portfolios among commissioner candidates until just before the vote this morning, announcing in plenary a few more portfolio changes. This newly elected Commission will take office officially on November 1, 2014.

To read more about each of the Commissioner’s that have just been approved and the vote that took place this morning, please visit here

 
Migrants and Europe’s HealthCare System: a burden or blessing?

8 October 2014

Yesterday, Eurodiaconia attended an interesting policy debate held by the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES). Participants heard from two different representatives of the European Commission, a representative of the IOM (International Organization for Migration), a spokesperson from the NGO Doctors of the World and a representative of the UK Health System (the NHS).

Throughout the discussion, the speakers confirmed that there is a currently a healthcare workforce crisis in Europe and that this skill-shortage issue will become a bigger problem in the coming years as Europe’s population continues to age.

Panelists explained some key measures that are being taken in the EU and all over the world to encourage highly skilled healthcare professionals to migrate to areas needing certain types of health workers, while also making sure that areas in need of healthcare workers are not sending their professionals away to other states because of higher salaries.

The representative of Doctors of the World explained another side of this “migrants and healthcare problem”. Doctors of the World is an NGO that provides healthcare for free to many people who usually would not have access to any type of public health care. This NGO treats these patients and also collects data from them on their individual situations.

Through their studies, Doctors of the World has found that although Europe is in need of more highly-skilled healthcare professionals, the European public in general is quite wary of migrants. Many Europeans assume that providing healthcare for irregular migrants will greatly harm the social aid systems already set up in their countries. Doctors of the World showed important statistical data proving that most undocumented migrants are not social tourists and do not come to Europe solely for healthcare reasons.

To learn more about Doctors of the World and their work please visit here. 

To learn more about the EU’s action plan to combat the healthcare workforce crisis, please visit here.

 
Eurodiaconia to host 2014 Migration Report Launch

29 September 2014

On the 13th of November, Eurodiaconia will be hosting an evening reception to launch our 2014 migration report titled,  “Access to social and health services for migrants in Europe: Overcoming the barriers, Policy recommendations and good practice from diaconal service providers”. 

Eurodiaconia and other relevant EU policy actors will come together on the 13th of November as Eurodiaconia launches its most recent migration report. 

In order to understand some of the major challenges migrants face in accessing their social rights in Europe, Eurodiaconia recently conducted research among its members as diaconal and church-related service providers of social and health services. By conducting in-depth research, Eurodiaconia was able to create a comprehensive document, reporting not only examples our members programmes and services supporting the inclusion and integration of migrants, but also summarising the key challenges these organizations and migrants face daily in accessing social and health services and finally making policy recommendations to overcome these challenges. 

To see the full programme of the event, please click here

If you would like to register for the event please visit this link

 
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